Shafilea Ahmed's sister has told Chester Crown Court that she told police her story in 2010 - 7 years after Shafilea's alleged murder - because the pressure of keeping silent had become too much. She told Chester Crown Court it had been a relief to tell someone finally.
The sister of Shafilea Ahmed is due to continue her testimony against their parents in the next hour. Alesha Ahmed told Chester Crown Court yesterday that her father and mother Iftikhar and Farzana suffocated her 17-year-old sister, forcing a plastic bag into her throat.
Today she is expected to explain why she decided to make her allegations 7 years after Shafilea died and days after Alesha was involved in a robbery at the family home. The Ahmeds deny murdering their daughter in September 2003.